All four recordings are available for purchase at CDBaby and other online outlets. Click on the images or here to visit by CDBaby Artist Page. “For the Heart, From the Heart” will be released electronically via CdBaby on 2.14.18! If you’d like a physical copy of this recording, Martha is accepting pre-orders. Within the United States, the cost is $15 including shipping. Just use this link.
I am proud to have released four recordings thus far. “Encanto: Art Songs of Spain and Latin America” is a passionate collection of 23 art songs by such composers as de Falla, Turina, Montsalvatge, Ginastera and Lecuona. Encanto was released in 2013 and was Martha’s debut album. Released in 2014, “Seven Sacred Songs” is a collection of sacred music by Bach, Gounod, Malotte and others. “It’s for You….for Christmas” was released in November 2016. The recording features seven sweet and peaceful classical and popular Christmas songs from around the world to fill your home with holiday cheer. Released on February 14, 2018 — a live concert recording, “For the Heart, From the Heart.” Recorded on November 4, 2017 featuring works by Bellini, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, de Falla and Willis.
You can watch the full November 4 recital right here!
The program begins with 3 Italian songs by Vincenzo Bellini. If you prefer German, fast forward to 7:30 for three art songs by Johannes Brahms. The Rachmaninoff Vocalise begins at 16:12. Music by French composer Francis Poulenc makes pianist Lurray Myers and I feel like kids in a candy store…. Airs Chantés begins at 21:50. Guitarist Joseph Shields joins me for Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas at 29:54. Martha talks about and sings Rex Willis’ original composition, Fortuna starting at 45:02. (Spoiler Alert: Martha wrote the lyrics!)
Here are a few more videos, as well as songs and anecdotes from my recordings, Encanto: Art Songs of Spain and Latin America and Seven Sacred Songs. I also made these with my friend and colleague, pianist Lurray Myers.
I am particularly proud of the following recording. It is part of Seven Sacred Songs that was recorded during the week ahead of Easter in April 2014. This is one of my favorite pieces to sing, ever.
Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Panis Angelicus from Messe à Trois Voix, Opus 12 by César Franck
La rosa y el sauce is a beautiful piece by Argentinian composer, Carlos Guastavino. It tells the tale of a rose that grows happily alongside a willow tree. Along comes a cute little girl, who snaps up the rose. The willow tree, who had fallen in love with the rose, is inconsolable at his loss.
The first of the two songs by Montsalvatge that I’ve chosen to share is a lullaby. The second is a fun, rhythmically driven piece about a man who has enjoyed the drink and dances around on one foot!
Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito from Cinco Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge
Canto negro from Cinco Canciones Negras by Xavier Montsalvatge
In October 2016, I was thrilled to sing a concert in Sheboygan, Wisconsin of my friend’s compositions. The concert was later broadcast on Wisconsin public television. You can watch the concert by clicking the link below!
This video is from a few years back….it is an art song by one of my favorite French composers, Francis Poulenc. Fastest French song, ever!
Also quite fast, and high! From the Chansons de Ronsard by Darius Milhaud.